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Welterweight boxing contender Mike Jones talks about his career and upcoming fight with Raul Munoz on Saturday. Jones is ranked in the top five by all the major sanctioning bodies, and WBO #1 behind superstar Manny Pacquiao. This interview and training footage was shot at the Joe Hand Gym while Jones was in camp for the Munoz fight.
By Francisco Salazar
We all know what could happen when teams or athletes underestimate or overlook their opponents. Or at the very least, opponents they should dominate on paper. Those athletes or teams get into a comfort zone and psychologically have a hard time dealing with teams who may “surprise” them.
It happened last week when previously-unbeaten Fernando Guerrero may have underestimated veteran Grady Brewer, eventually losing in the fourth round to a fighter whom he should have defeated, on paper. Lightweight John Molina is not about to let lighting strike twice in consecutive weeks, as he faces Robert Frankel on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. He knows what he is in for and he knows what is at stake. (more…)
As the crowd at Boston’s TD Garden roared for their favorite son, Joe Lauzon, last August, the rising lightweight star almost knew that his first round victory over Gabe Ruediger was going to be a hard one to follow . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Story by Bill Green
Colorado’s Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (28-10-1, 5 KOs) plans to be red hot when he goes toe-to-toe with WBC USNBC lightweight champion John “The Hammer” Molina (21-1, 18 KOs) this Friday at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California.
The Molina-Frankel bout is the main event of this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights . . . Click here for more
Middleweight contender James Kirkland (27-1, 24 KOs) will return to the ring in his home state of Texas on Friday and is determined to make a statement against Dennis Sharpe Jr. (17-7-3, 4 KOs) in their eight-rounder at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. Kirkland was brutally stopped in April by Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida, a result which stunned the boxing world and the 27-year-old KO Artist is now ready to return to the win column. Sharpe should be accommodating as he has lost seven in a row.
In the eight round televised main event, which headlines TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” telecast, middleweight contender Brian Vera (18-5, 11 KOs) squares off against Eloy Suarez (11-11-1, 5 KOs). The televised co-main event will see unbeaten power puncher Joseph Elegele (12-0, 10 KOs) risk his unbeaten record in an eight round welterweight bout against Noel Rodriguez (14-2, 5 KOs).
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Middleweight Ossie Duran (26-8-2, 10 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Latif Mundy (10-3, 4 KOs) on Wednesday night at the at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. The bout was waved off at 1:29 of round ten after a barrage of punches from Duran, who claimed the USBA Regional Middleweight title
Jr middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (3-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Yehudy Vargas (1-3, 0 KOs) over four by scores of 40-36, 40-36-39-37.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
No immediate Juanma rematch. WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will defend his belt against Mike “Machine” Oliver (24-2-0, 8 KOs) at the Multipurpose Center (CUM) in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico on July 23. The official announcement was made Wednesday at a press conference. Salido shocked the boxing world last April by knocking out and dethroning Puerto Rican superstar Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez. The bout will be televised in Mexio by TV Azteca and internationally by Fox Sports. (more…)
Ramon Valadez 133 vs Ramon Flores 134
Jamie Kavanagh 135.6 vs. John Willoughby ??
David Reyes 120.5 vs. Cain Garcia 121
Jose Sanchez 131.5 vs. Luis Martinez 131.2
Roderick Grajeda 157.4 vs. Juan Pablo Montes de Oca 158
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
“The people may not want it, but the world has not seen the last of Owen Beck,” laughs former title challenger Owen “What the Heck? Beck.
Having arrived in El Paso, Texas, as the gatekeeper set up to take the fall at the hands of the local kid, the ex-contender from Jamaica, now fighting out of Nashville, Tenn., says he’s convinced his time in the ring is nowhere near the finish line . . . Click here for more
Photos: MP Sport Images
Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc, Pugilistic Promotions and Deportes Telemundo announced today in a Press Conference the blockbuster show schedule for this Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Miami Dade County Auditorium which is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. In the main event WBO latin junior welterweight champion Jesus Pabon (17-1-11 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his title against former WBA International champion Javier “El Zorro” Castro (24-4-19 KOs) in a battle schedule for 12 Rounds. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Bob Barton
Most of the principal fighters taking part in Don King’s history-making fight card on Saturday (HBO: 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., were on hand for the event’s final press conference. King hosted the press conference, touting the event, St. Charles, St. Louis and Missouri. “It’s a Lou think in St. Louis,” King said, “and out here in St. Charles were proud, and if you cannot hear us, we’ll say it a little louder. For more details and photos click here…
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented and hard hitting junior welterweight Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Humble, Texas, under the guidance of his father and trainer Juan Martinez, will step back into the ring this Saturday, June 25th against John DeJean (3-5-1, 3 KOs) in the co-main event of ‘Battle on Bellfort’ at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center in Houston, Texas which is being presented by Lou Savarese Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Top Rank
“I am very proud to have earned this world championship and will work very hard to keep it for a long time. I remember going with my dad to this ceremonies when he won world championships and was very proud of him. Today is my turn and I can find the words to tell you what a great feeling this is. I very proud to be the first Mexican to win a middleweight championship, but I don’t want to stop here. I want to be the best at my weight class and will work very hard to become the best, it will not be easy but I will do all I can to get there.” For more details and photos click here…
Stiverne vs. Austin, Coyne vs. McNeman, Cloud vs. Mack and Devon Alexander vs. Lucas Mattysse are introduced at the final Presser Conference on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 and pose for photos. Alexander vs. Lucas Matthysse plus three world championship fights will take place Saturday at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. received his green belt which consecrates him as WBC Middleweight world champion. The ceremony took place in a the Big Bola Casino in Huixquilucan, Mexico State 18 days after he dethroned Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. WBC President Jose Sulaiman made the presentation. The son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez is the first fighter from Mexico to wan a middleweight crown. Chavez Jr. said that he will like to fight against Marco Antonio Rubio after his first voluntary defense against Peter Manfredo. Click here for more photos…
Former world champs John “The Beast” Mugabi, and “Fearless” Freddie Pendleton headline the festivities for this weekend’s Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Induction Ceremonies. Come join the party on June 24, 25, 26, 2011 at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N. Ashley Street, Tampa, Florida (813-223-2222).
Click here to buy tickets for June 2011 Induction Weekend. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to former heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas’ charity “Project P.I.N.K.” Click here for a complete list of events and inductees
World ranked cruiserweight contender, B.J. Flores has announce the formation of his own promotional company, Danger Boy Events with the first fight card being tabbed for July 23rd at the O’Riley Center in Springfield, Missouri that will feature Flores take on Nick Iannuzzi in a ten round bout. Tickets go on sale Friday.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Marianne Müller
Hundreds of boxing fans made their way to the Köln-Arcaden in Cologne, Germany, today to watch the public workout in advance of Saturday’s world title clash at the Lanxess Arena between WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Matthew Macklin from Ireland. Both fighters appeared to be in great shape as they did their work routine and seemed thoroughly confident. Sturm and Macklin promised a victory to the crowd in attendance. Macklin: “It’s a great challenge for me to beat Felix Sturm in his hometown. I’ll win this fight and bring the WBA belt back to Ireland.” For more details and photos click here…
Number one-ranked, undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones of Philadelphia takes on Raul Munoz at the South Philly Arena on a Top Rank Live! fight card on Saturday night. While in the ring Jones says he will be thinking of what he calls his “ultimate goal,” taking on pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao. Fighting Pacquiao, Jones says, has been discussed with his co-managers Jimmy Williams, Doc Nowicki, trainer Vaughn Jackson and promoter J Russell Peltz. Bob Arum said today “I am planning to put Mike Jones on a list for Manny to consider for 2012.” Jones, 24-0, 18 KOs, grew up in Philadelphia. He is ranked WBO #1, WBA #2, IBF #3 and WBC #5 at welterweight. Jones is a NABA, NABO champion. Peltz said “Mike is a very hard worker in the gym.” Jackson, chief trainer, said “defense wins games and championships and that is what we are trying to do – win a championship.” Jones, a big, hard puncher, said “it doesn’t take a devastating puncher to get knockouts. You just have to be accurate with your shots. Jones vs. Munoz is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on FSN (10 pm eastern). “Like Manny always says, my goal Saturday is to entertain the fans and that is what I plan to do,” Jones said.
STRIKEFORCE® has confirmed the remaining fights for its STRIKEFORCE Challengers event taking place this Friday at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. In the main event, Kirkland, Washington’s Caros “The Future” Fodor goes head-to-head with dangerous lightweight James Terry. Also featured on the card is Ryan Couture, son of UFC® Hall of Famer Randy Couture, who meets undefeated Matt Ricehouse in 155-pound action. Additionally, Germaine de Randamie will meet Julia Budd in an exciting women’s 145-pound bout.
KZ Event Productions announced today that WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) will make his third title defense July 29, showcased on TeleFutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate show, live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. “Fire & Fury,” headlined by the WBA/IBA championship showdown between Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) and WBA #15 challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago (31-4-1, 19 KOs) is being promoted by KZ Event Productions. Shumenov and his brother, Chingis, own and operate the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions.
Devon Alexander and trainer Kevin Cunningham interview and workout on fight week for Alexander vs. Lucas Matthysse plus four world championship fights which will take place Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns expects to see the best of Nicky Cook next month – but still plans on sending him into retirement when they meet on July 16 at the Liverpool Echo Arena. “I believe that Nicky will be at the top of his game,” said Burns. “He will have got rid of his ring rust with his win in his last fight, and he’ll be coming up to Liverpool full of belief. But I will knock him out whatever shape he is in. That’s a promise. Cook is not good enough to live with me and I will break his heart. In fact, I think he will quit boxing after he has lost to me. You can’t afford to take breaks in this sport, and he is going to pay dearly for the time he has spent out of the ring. I’m younger, fresher and fitter and I will take him out on July 16.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will receive his green belt which consecrates him as WBC Middleweight world champion. The ceremony will take place in a casino in Huixquilucan, Mexico State 18 days after he dethroned Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. WBC President Jose Sulaiman will make the presentation. The son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez is the first fighter from Mexico to wan a middleweight crown. Sources say Chavez Jr. could fight in September and in November or December against opponents to be named.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Antonio “Magic Man ” Tarver(28-6, 19 KOs) is training hard in Florida for his July 20 IBO cruiserweight challenge against Danny “Green Machine” Green (31-3, 27 KOs) at Sydney Entertainment Center but is confident he has the skills and power to defeat the tough as nails Australian.
“He’s a good fighter, ” said Tarver said of Green. “He’s won multiple titles in different weight classes and he’s a very tough guy and he has a lot of power. I know he’ll be trying to knock me out – something that’s never been done before – and vice versa. I’m going to try to knock him out too, so I think with our personalities, it’s like two locomotives heading on one course. We’re looking to collide, and that’s the type of fight that people are going to see.” (more…)
Saturday night’s scheduled “Homecoming” pro boxing card in Holyoke, Massachusetts, has been postponed until August 6. More details to come.
Congratulations to Thompson Boxing Promotions welterweight Artemio “King” Reyes (11-1, 10 KOs), who recently graduated from Riverside Community College with an Associates of Arts degree in Accounting.
Ukrainian box commentator and Fightnews.com reporter Alexey Potapov has begun writing the script for a short film called “The Champion.” It’s a true story about an abused boy who uses boxing as his salvation from a life of crime and drugs. The film, to be directed by Potapov, is scheduled for release in autumn 2011. In the USA the film will include English subtitles.
Flint, Michigan’s Anthony Dirrell (21-0, 18 KOs) is in hard preparation for his July 2nd UBO Inter-Continental title fight against Michi Munoz (23-6, 16 KOs) at Atwood Stadium in his hometown. Eric Woodyard of the Flint Journal has compiled a series of videos from the Team Dirrell training camp, including interviews and sparring with Anthony and his brother Andre.
On July 2, the vacant WBF female world bantamweight title will be on the line when Germany’s Pia Mazelanik and Hungary’s Renata Szebeledi meet inside an open-air ring at the Regenstorplatz in Lemgo, Germany. The admission to the event will be free. After the main event, there will be a public viewing of the Klitschko-Haye fight for the unified heavyweight championship.
All the tickets for welterweight Kell Brook’s fight with Lovemore N’dou at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield on Saturday have now sold out.
Former world champion Nehomar Cermeño arrived Monday in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico for his fight against three-division world champion Fernando “Ko-Chulito” Montiel on Saturday at Banorte Stadium.
Those who wish to contribute to the Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez Memorial Fund can do so by mailing a check or money order to:
2321 Wall St.
Los Angeles, Calif., 90011
The Hernandez family thanks you.
Photos by Bob Barton
IBF No. 1-ranked light heavyweight Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (29-3-2, 17 KOs); WBC-USNBC undefeated national cruiserweight champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs); and IBF No. 1-ranked junior middleweight Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (26-2, 15 KOs) participated in media workouts today at the Sweat Pound 4 Pound Gym in Clayton, Mo., in support of Don King’s history-making fight card on Saturday at The Family Arena in nearby St. Charles (HBO: 9:45 p.m. ET/PT). For more details and photos click here…
Ossie Duran 160 vs. Latif Mundy 160
(USBA Regional Middleweight Title)
Derrick Webster 173 vs. Kentrell Clayborn 179.5
Andy Mejias 168.5 vs. Yasin Rashid 169
Thomas LaManna 150 vs. Yehudy Vargas 146.5
Jon Bolden 228 vs. Tyabb Beale 238
John Thompson 158 vs. Valdez Eason 160
John Lennox 218 vs. Kareem Wilson 224
Eddie Edmonds 157.5 vs. Yasin Abdul 154.5
Vadim Garau 159 vs. Fitzgerald Johnson 159
Venue: Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ
Promoters: Vicent Ponte’s Gulfstream Group & Gabe Laconte
1st bell: 7:30 PM
As unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who is 24-0, 18 KOs, and is ranked the WBO #1 welterweight in the world behind WBO champion Manny Pacquiao, prepares to meet Raul Munoz (21-13-1, 16 KOs), of Leon, Mexico, on Saturday, June 25, at South Philly Arena, he has had an excellent training camp. Here are some quotes from Jones: (more…)
Powerful unbeaten lightweight Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta of the Philippines is training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. “A lot of hard sparring for Mercito. He is looking very sharp,” said his manager Vince Parra. Gesta, 21-0-1 and ranked WBO #2, is scheduled to fight on the Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon world title card July 9 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “My father was a professional Muay Thai fighter in the Philippines,” said Gesta. “I trained in Muay Thai at first but I saw that boxing was so popular. I was 15, went to a boxing gym in Cebu and did so well my father let me box. As soon as I hit 16, I had my first real fight.”
Middleweight contender Matt Korobov, 15-0, of Orotukan, Russia is working out at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Korobov is wiring in for a fight against Lester Gonzalez, 12-3-2, of San Diego on the Rios vs. Antillon title card on July 9. “We’re in tough against Gonzalez,” said Cameron Dunkin, manager of Korobov. “In the fall we are looking for a real big fight.”
Tickets for Rios vs. Antillon on July 9 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. are $125, $75, $50, $25 and available on Ticketmaster.com as well as the Home Depot Box Office which is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz of Mexico is getting his offense tweaked with trainer Miguel Diaz in Las Vegas. Diaz said he getting Ruiz, 10-0, to use his body while driving hard right hand punches. “Andy is working hard and getting into fighting shape,” said Diaz. Ruiz will box on the Diego Magdaleno vs. Alejandro Perez title card July 15 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino on North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas. Magdaleno has been training at Pat Berry’s Gym in Las Vegas. Perez is at the Wild Card Gym.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gomez (9-0, 7 KOs) faces Kadaphi Proctor (7-5-1, 0 KOs) in the TeleFutura main event on July 1 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. In his last fight, Gomez needed just 25 seconds ti KO Jason Davis. Also in action is local favoirite Randy Caballero (11-0, 7 KOs) who meets Alexis Santiago (7-0-1, 2 KOs) in a super bantamweight clash.
By Graham Houston
It wasn’t exactly dramatic but Saul Alvarez nevertheless gave an accomplished display in outclassing British veteran Ryan Rhodes in their junior middleweight title bout on Saturday night in Mexico. Alvarez is still learning his craft at just 20 years of age, but to make a fighter of Rhodes’s experience look as if he didn’t belong in the same ring stamped “Canelo” as a bit special. Rhodes gave his best effort but it was never going to be enough. It was Alvarez who looked like the more seasoned fighter because he was treating Rhodes almost like a sparring partner. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
On September 10 in Wrocław, Poland, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) will challenge Vitaly Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) for his WBC heavyweight title, televised live in the USA by HBO. Adamek and his trainer Roger Bloodworth have just started training camp for this historic showdown. (more…)
The Domo Del Mar in Ciudad Del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico, will be the site for the June 25 lightweight clash between Mexican sensation Pablo Cesar “Demoledor” Cano (21-0, 16 KOs) and Pablo Lugo (20-4, 16 KOs). The vacant NABA super bantamweight title will be on the line in the co-feature as Victor Terrazas (29-2-1, 16 KOs) squares off against Feider Viloria (24-8-1, 16 KOs) in a 12-rounder.
European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (21-1, 9 KOs) will make a first defence of his title on July 16 when he takes on Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-4-1, 19 KOs) in Munich. Gutknecht joined Team Sauerland at the beginning of the year and clinched the European title with an eighth-round TKO victory over Danny McIntosh last month. “I have big plans for the future,” Gutknecht said. “I have worked hard to become European champion. By successfully defending my title in Munich, I want to further climb in the rankings and get myself into a position for a world title shot.” (more…)
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